Morning top 5: 'Most voters' want abortion ban repealed; Hurricane Matthew nears Florida

The headlines this Friday morning...

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in Florida and South Carolina as deadly Hurricane Matthew bears down.

More than 1.5 million people living in low-lying areas and on the barrier islands have been told to "evacuate, evacuate, evacuate" by Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has warned: "This storm will kill you."

The hurricane has already claimed hundreds of lives in the Caribbean, with the majority in hardest-hit Haiti.


The majority of voters are in favour of repealing our abortion laws, according to a new survey.

The Ipsos MRBI poll in today's Irish Times founds that 55% believe the eighth amendment should be changed to allow for limited abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and rape.

Some 19% think there should be terminations on demand, as in the UK, while 18% remain opposed to any changes in legislation.


The pound has endured a temporary collapse in mysterious circumstances, sparking market chaos.

Having traded as low as $1.26 to the dollar yesterday it slumped to $1.18 within minutes during Asian trading - a fall of more than 6%.

Several theories abound as to why, with no clear explanation at hand.


UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe has claimed a party colleague at the European Parliament "came at me and landed a blow" in a row over the party's leadership contest.

Mr Woolfe, 49, is recovering in hospital after he collapsed and was briefly unconscious following the incident at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday.

He suffered two seizures - one of them "quite major" following the argument, according to acting UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who has ordered an inquiry into the incident.


Bono has slammed Donald Trump at a concert in San Francisco, accusing him of trying to “run off” with the American dream.

The U2 frontman delivered a withering takedown of the Republican presidential candidate as clips from press conferences were projected on stage.

"The question we have for you this evening: What is your vision for this great nation?" Bono asked.